Disturbing though it may be, people in positions of power have been increasingly linked to pedophilia in recent years. From the ongoing Catholic priest sex abuse scandals to similar criminality among British lawmakers, it appears power and authority attract troubled individuals, at least to some degree.
This week, yet another pedophile ring was exposed, this time in Norway. Reports indicate politicians were among the members of the 51-person ring. Police investigating the potential crimes dubbed their inquiry “Operation Dark Room.”
How about implanting a RFID chip?
Norway’s Immigration and Integration Minister has asked police to look into ankle tags as a solution to migrants going underground to avoid deportation.
Announcing that the country “must constantly seek new ways to safeguard Norwegian citizens” Sylvi Listhaug has outlined three groups of migrants on whom the government is considering putting tags.
In Bærum, the tags are used on men who have been convicted of violence against women. On Friday, the Progress Party politician went to the western Oslo municipality to learn more about how electronic tagging works from police. Continue reading »
Honor killings are common in Islamic societies, and the practice has spilled over onto Western soil, but this report is exceptionally sickening: a young woman was raped by her father as a punishment for living a Western lifestyle:
The father has been angry because his daughter did not follow his (Islamic) way of life, she explained in questioning.
The idea, in a shame/honor culture, is to bring shame upon the daughter, who bears responsibility for the act, not the father. Where are the Western feminists who proclaim their “mission” of promoting equal rights for women? Women who can actually remain silent on such abuses of women in Islam are more focused on their own personal hatred of men than on caring about real cases of women who suffer atrocities.
Back in August, we noted that, for the first time since it’s creation in 1996, the Norwegian government had started raiding its sovereign wealth fund to cover government deficits. Now, as noted by Bloomberg, the Nordic country has revealed plans to massively increase withdrawals by over 25% in 2017, to $15 billion. The money would be used to cover Norway’s budget hole that’s expected to be roughly 8% of GDP.
Of course, Norway’s ultimate GDP potential, and therefore budget deficits, are heavily dependent on oil prices so any further weakening of crude could result in even more withdrawals. Moreover, given the substantial YoY increase, it’s important to recall that there are fiscal limits imposed on fund withdrawals equal to 4% of assets, or roughly $36 billion, which could come into play at some point in the future if oil prices remain “lower for longer.”
“What’s worrying is the enormous pace,” said Torstein Tvedt Solberg, a member of parliament and a finance committee member for Labor. The largest opposition party has asked the fund “about the threshold for when it becomes really problematic for them and the signal they’ve given us is that it’s 150-200 billion kroner. With the pace we’re seeing now, we’re beginning dangerously fast to come close to the critical level.”
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When Ida had just turned twelve, she was brutally raped by a Somali man. Since then, she has been forced to endure being beaten, threatened and sexually harassed by the rapist’s Muslim friends. Since the charges have been consistently dropped by procecutors, the family now sees no other alternative but to flee to Norway.
Free Times. “After the rape, they began to stalk my children, one by one, but all charges have been dropped. We have made over 20 complaints to the police but all charges have been dropped by the prosecutor,” Ida’s father told the Free Times.
Both the Free Times and the local paper Sundsvalls Tidning have previously reported on the now 20-year-old Somali man who last summer got away with 180 hours of youth service after having tricked Ida – at that point a 12-year-old girl – to his apartment in Sundsvall in Northern Sweden and subjected her to a bloody and prolonged rape. Continue reading »
(REUTERS) – Norway is putting up a steel fence at a remote Arctic border post with Russia after an influx of migrants last year, sparking an outcry from refugees’ rights groups and fears that cross- border ties with the former Cold War adversary will be harmed.
The government says a new gate and a fence, about 200 meters (660 feet) long and 3.5 meters high stretching from the Storskog border point, is needed to tighten security at a northern outpost of Europe’s passport-free Schengen zone.
For decades, the Nordics have enjoyed the image of being a reliable haven for asylum seekers. Continue reading »
A Norwegian police chief has spectacularly broken ranks to express his professional opinion that high and sustained levels of crime committed by migrants more than justifies concern about foreigners, and that increasing immigration “leads to more rapes”.
Writing in response to an opinion piece by a philosopher in the Norwegian daily newspaper Haugesunds Avis, Police Inspector Thomas Utne Pettersen argues that while he agreed that rich nations like Norway had an “ethical and moral obligation” to help those in need, those wary of foreigners were not misled. Continue reading »
The dramatic increase over the past years in forced marriages and female genital mutilation has spurred Norway into taking serious action. In July, new legislative changes come into force to specifically target this problem, previously unfamiliar for the Nordic kingdom, otherwise known for its perhaps too vigorous enforcement of children’s rights.
Last year alone, the Norwegian authorities had to handle about 400 cases of girls married off against their will, sexually mutilated or forcefully kept abroad. Most of the girls were from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia, but last year even Syrians formed a significant group. However, these figures are only the tip of the iceberg, as many more young people are unable to stand up for themselves and go against their parents will, Immigration and Integration minister Sylvi Listhaug argued. Continue reading »
As European countries deal with the current refugee crisis, each is taking a slightly different approach in response to the escalating situation. In Norway, which has been shocked by the unfolding events in neighboring Sweden which has seen a mass revulsion at the ongoing refugee onslaught (and which recently announced it won’t accept any more refugees from the EU) the answer appears to be the simplest possible one: offer asylum seekers money to leave.
Currently, refugees who decide to return to their home country instead of seeking asylum in Norway are given 20,000 kroner (USD $2,400) for travel expenses by the Norwegian government (up to 80,000 kroner for a family with two children). Now, as RT reports, Norway will sweeten the deal, and provide an additional 10,000 kroner (USD $1,200) to the first 500 asylum seekers who apply for voluntary return to their home countries. Continue reading »
As it deals with the economic slowdown and a plunge in oil prices, Norway has turned to its massive sovereign wealth fund in order to cover 2016 budget deficits, in continuation of a trend noted here first last October. As Bloomberg reports, the country withdrew $898 million in March from the fund, putting the year-to-date total at roughly $3.1 billion, a run rate that is higher than the estimate the central bank governor gave just this past February.…
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OSLO, Norway (CNN) — Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik has won part of his lawsuit against the state over his solitary confinement in a high-security prison, a court announced Wednesday.
The Oslo district court found the 37-year-old’s treatment in prison violated Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights, prohibiting “inhuman or degrading treatment,” and ruled that his conditions must be eased. Continue reading »
Norwegian PM Erna Solberg doesn’t want to have to skirt her country’s responsibilities under the Geneva Convention and she doesn’t want to trample over human rights either, but she will if she has to.
“It is a force majeure proposals which we will have in the event that it all breaks down,” Solberg said, in an interview with Berlingske, describing new measures she believes Norway may have to take if Sweden buckles under the weight of the refugee influx which saw some 163,000 asylum seekers inundate the country last year.
Solberg is effectively prepared to turn everyone away and go into lockdown mode should everything fall apart completely, causing Europe to descend into some kind of lawless, Hobbesian, free-for-all.
If that sounds far-fetched or hyperbolic consider that on Thursday, EU migration commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos warned that the bloc has just 10 days to implement a plan that will bring about “tangible and clear results on the ground” or else “the whole system will completely break down.” Continue reading »
As you might have heard, Sweden has a refugee problem.
We’ve spent quite a bit of time documenting the country’s trials and travails over the course of the last 12 months during which time Sweden has taken on more than 160,000 asylum seekers. Continue reading »
09/02/2016 – Norway – Children raped in migrant centres
Under-18 migrants living in Norwegian asylum centres are being sexually abused, with the criminal investigation police admitting they have no idea how deep the problem runs, reports Klassekampen. The children are not just being raped and assaulted by their fellow asylum inhabitants, but the centres are being visited by known sex offenders.
The war on cash is escalating faster than many had imagined. Having documented the growing calls from the elites and propagandist explanations of the “benefits” to their serfs over the last few years, with China, and The IMF entering the “cashless society” call most recently, International Business Times reports that Norway – suffering from its own economic collapse as oil revenues crash – has joined its Scandi peers Denmark and Sweden in a call to “ban cash.”
By way of background, as we explained previously, What exactly does a “war on cash” mean? Continue reading »
Slumping crude prices are weighing heavily on Norway’s economy as the government looks to its $830 billion sovereign wealth fund to plug budget holes and pay for fiscal stimulus. Officials hope a weaker krone can serve as a shock absorber but with Mario Draghi stuck in easing mode, that may prove to be an increasingly dubious proposition.
The evidence continues to pile up implicating NATO’s own Turkey in Islamic State’s lucrative oil trade but the UN doesn’t seem to care despite bold rhetoric from the Security Council and empty promises to “cut off” terrorist funding and access to the international financial system.
Norwegian police say they have found images of severed heads and executions on mobile phones belonging to refugees entering the country. Flags and symbols belonging to Islamic State were also found as they inspected the luggage of the migrants.
The Norwegian Police Immigration Service (PU) has been dealing with an explosion in the number of refugees and migrants wishing to cross its borders in recent months. While searching asylum seekers, they also came across photos of dead children and other victims of war and terrorism, Nettavisen reports. Continue reading »
Norway’s $860 billion sovereign wealth fund (tasked with managing the country’s vast oil wealth) just had its worst quarter in 4 years and its first back-to-back quarterly loss since 2009 after an array of EM bets went awry. Meanwhile, the government is set to start making withdraws from the fund as slumping crude prices have effectively reduced inflows to zero.
While Reverse QE, or QT, or whatever one wants to call it has become traditionally associated with Emerging Markets and petroleum exporters, nobody had linked it with one of the most advanced Developed Markets in the world which also happens to be an oil exporter, the market with the largest sovereign wealth fun in the world: Norway. That is about to change because as Bloomberg report, “the future may already be here”, a future in which Norway’s gargantuan $830 billion sovereign wealth fund, the product of two decades of capital accumulation courtesy of Norway’s vast petroleum reserves and oil trade, is forced to begin liquidating its vast assets.
– Norwegian experts baffled by freak downpour (Ice Age Now, July 16, 2015):
More than a month’s worth of rain in one hour.
“This just does not happen in Norway, we have a hard time believing that it’s true,” Geir Ottar Fagerli, a government meteorologist, told NRK. “It’s not that we doubt the observations, but it is absolutely amazing.”
“These are figures that you only normally see in the jungle,” he continued, Continue reading »
– Norwegian meterologist recognizes that it has been unusually cold in Norway (Ice Age Now, July 5, 2015):
Warns that longer-term weather prospects for July are far from summerlike, with forecasts the worst for Central-Northern Norway.
“As we see it now, the wave of warm weather we expect during the first several days of July will be blown away by a colder type of weather, and we’ll head back into the kind of period we’ve had earlier,” Geir Kjærnli, a senior consultant at the state Meteorological Institute, told website yr.no. Continue reading »
– Norway – Popular hiking trail closed – 1½ meters more snow than normal – Video (Ice Age Now, June 22, 2015):
Should be green by now, and have thousands of sheep grazing
“I am currently on a MC trip up though the coastline in Norway, and it has been a very cold journey so far, only 3C on some passes in the mountains,” says reader 996bip.
“I was planning to also do some hiking to some of the known mountains, though tourist season is in full swing, still a lot of places is closed due to snow, and frozen lakes. The popular hiking trail over “Besseggen” was closed due to the boat that takes tourist over the lake, could not go because of ice. Continue reading »